The third chapter on the new age of Accept will be released on August 19th (USA) August 15th (Europe) under the name of Blind Rage. After their return in 2010 with Blood Of The Nations, and the following up release Stalingrad (2012), the band releases this year and album that could be considered as ‘One of their most resounding and definitive records to date’.
There is not need of preamble, introductions, or presentations about this band, as everyone in the metal community knows who they are, and what they have done for heavy metal during their 33 years of musical career. Accept‘s Blind Rage, presents a variety of tracks that encompass what Accept had done in the last 4 years. Their sound on this album is emotive, epic, and pretty fucking metal, I must say. Without forgetting their roots, they have been able to revamp their trademark sound, and raise the flags of metal to the highest possible. Some of the songs on the album, like; Stampede, Dying Breed, and Final Journey have that classic Accept sound that we all love.
There is also a lot of room for change and experimentation as well, songs like Fall Of The Empire, Trail Of Tears, and 200 Years are more catchy, and epic. The melodies on this songs have their own personality, that still carrying the trademark sound of Accept, but they are somehow different from their classic sound. For some reason, I see Blind Rage adding a balance to what the band did on Teutonic Terror and Stalingrad. Not only the album has more swing and emotion, but it also opens a window to the return of the ’80’s Power Ballad’ concept, and in this album we can find several of those.
Songs like The Dark Side Of My Heart, Wanna Be Free or The Curse, we can find a lot of 80’s reminiscence, as these songs are not only catchy, but they have soul and an attitude on their own. With that being said, this album is not only heavy and a bit regressive, but it also shows the soft side of Accept, and the capability of the band to transform and assimilate this kind of ballads to a modern audience without make it sounds like a recycled cliché.
Blind Rage, is an open book to what Accept is today, their sound, their legacy, and the way to create original heavy metal music in a market saturated with technical, scene or progressive labels. Accept, succeeds on creating a heavy metal record that sounds pure, and honest. Without a doubt a candidate for many top albums’s list this year, and of course a must have if you are die-hard fan of heavy metal on its pure essence.
Upcoming live dates
09/11/14 Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA – with METAL CHURCH
09/12/14 Saban Theatre – Beverly Hills, CA – with METAL CHURCH & RAVEN
09/13/14 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV – ACCEPT only
09/15/14 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY – with RAVEN
02.) Dying Breed
03.) Dark Side Of My Heart
04.) Fall Of The Empire
05.) Trail Of Tears
06.) Wanna Be Free
07.) 200 Years
08.) Bloodbath Mastermind
09.) From The Ashes We Rise
10.) The Curse
11.) Final Journey
Genre: Heavy Metal
Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing Time: 58 minutes
Wolf Hoffman – Guitar
Peter Baltes – Bass
Mark Tornillo – Vocals
Herman Frank – Guitar
Stefan Schwarzmann – Drums